I'm a little late posting today because honestly I'm worn out from the festivities! It's a good kind of worn out...but worn out just the same.
I love the times that our family is together...and, it's no secret that any time folks are together, food plays a pretty big part.
Thank goodness ;)
I've always done Thanksgiving at our house...it's my favorite holiday :) but besides a random Christmas party or feeding random children who happen to be at my house, I'm not a big "entertainer."
I did learn just in the last few years that if I relax, keep it simple and remember to enjoy the festivities myself, it makes for a much more memorable occasion :):)
My yougest started off yesterday morning by cleaning out the pumpkin...
She pulled out all this wonderful "ghoulosh" :)
I'd never roasted pumpking seeds before but was determined to give it a try.
After my father-in-law passed away last year less than a week before Halloween, we were invited to a party down the street from my mother-in-law. The family was so gracious to ours as we tried to numbly carry on for the sake of all the grandchildren.
We were invited again this year to partake and I wanted to be sure to bring something special...they fed all of us last year...and wouldn't allow us to bring a thing.
I had planned for homemade cupcakes...orange flavored with white icing, chocolate sprinkles, and orange gel for decorations.
I put my firstborn in charge of the cupcakes.
Of course when it was time for decorating, the youngest wanted in on the action again...with a little cajoling, I was able to convince my firstborn to allow the youngest to help.
I think my firstborn was pleasantly surprised when she realized her little sister wasn't going to mess everything up.
We had sprinkles all over the countertop, on the floor, in the youngest's hair...you name it, there was a sprinkle on it...but we did also manage to get some sprinkles on the cupcakes.
Take a look at my firstborn. She took these cupcakes seriously.
She came up with the idea of writing on the cupcakes with kid-friendly sayings.
Here they are finally working together :)
Some of the finished cupcakes...
the kitty cat was my youngest's favorite
After roasting for 45 minutes with butter and salt, my pumpkin seeds were smelling up the house.
They were pretty good...I think next time I'll roast them for a little shorter time.
Michelle at Peaceful Reader promised to share some tips...and I'm gonna hold her to that promise!
My middle child was not interested in kitchen prep today...she was in charge of costume prep...Here you can see the fruits of her labor.
And, last but not least...
My Meal Plan for this week:
Sunday - finally made PW's pot roast...got it together right after church : )
Monday - PW's Parmesan Chicken
Tuesday - Meatball Muffins - my kids' all time favorite
Wednesday - PW's Chicken Strips - my husband actually asks for these...and that's sayin' somethin' :)
Thursday - Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos - from my friend Paula over at Queen of my Castle
Friday - Slow Cooker Enchiladas - a new recipe
Saturday - Soup (please pray that the weather will cooperate)
Thanks Beth at Beth Fish Reads for hosting Weekend Cooking. You have forced me to once again try to get it together in the kitchen :)